An association composed of 41 rebel-returnees is vying for the Pasidugong sa Manugsagod Sapat 2013 in the Outstanding Animal Raisers for Public-Private Partnership category.
Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, said yesterday that he welcomes the nomination of the group whose members once held guns and have never been into farming and animal raising.
The Pasidungog sa Manugsagod Sapat 2013 is one of the highlights of the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival to be held April 8 to 14 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Decena said PVO helped them establish their organization and created the Negros First New Life for Peace and Progress Association, Inc., based in Cauayan town.
The members are from cities and towns in southern Negros, he added.
Decena also said Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has provided them with livelihood programs through animal dispersal and scholarships for their children.
The group is now raising 350 free range chickens, 13 piglets for their swine fattening project, and three egg machines with 144 layers, he added.
The members were also trained in basic animal raising and management to help them in their livestock development and technical support to prevent disease outbreak, and as entrepreneurs, and were engaged in small scale business within the community. The income they generate was used for their fund-raising project, he added.*LTG